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Back to the Future—Ford Seeks to Invent the Next Generation of Mobility in Detroit’s (In)Famous Railroad Station

Autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and the future of mobility—these topics are top-of-mind throughout the auto industry today.  While Silicon Valley startups have made inroads in these areas, the traditional automakers have been eager to demonstrate their seriousness in taking on this challenge.  This week, Ford announced the details of one of the largest (and most concrete, in a literal sense) steps in that direction: the company has acquired the long-derelict Michigan Central Station, and intends to transform it (and the surrounding Corktown neighborhood) into a testbed and development hub for its next generation mobility initiatives.

Insuring the Future of Autonomous Cars

The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles is anticipated to be a major force in changing the way Americans live.  One of the industries most impacted by these changes may be the insurance industry.  While many questions remain unanswered, the industry already has certain products that may serve as a platform for insuring risks in the next generation of automotive travel.

NTIA Launches Software Transparency Initiative, Seeking Stakeholder Participation

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is kicking off the third in a series of multistakeholder efforts targeting cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT).  NTIA is the Executive Branch agency responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues and is engaged with global technology policy on behalf of the United States.

A Chicken in Every Pot and A Robot Car In Every Garage: GM Plans to Roll “Super Cruise” Driver Aid Out Across Entire Vehicle Lineup

Trickle-down may be controversial in economics and politics, but it is an established fact in the automotive world.  Antilock brakes and airbags debuted on high-end luxury cars in the 1980s before making their way to mass-market vehicles.  Other technologies have followed a similar trajectory.  Turbocharging was once rare enough that the single word “Turbo” became the iconic apex of Porsche’s storied 911, but these days it’s used on anything and everything, from Ferraris to Ford Fiestas.

Information Sharing, Incident Response, and Mitigating Threats to the Supply Chain: Wiley Rein Hosts DHS Panel on Cybersecurity

On June 6, 2018, Wiley Rein LLP hosted clients and other interested parties to learn more about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS or Department) cybersecurity initiatives and priorities.  This is part of the firm’s ongoing Outlook on Cyber series, which brings government and private sector together to talk cyber.

CQ UAS: FCC Proposes $2.8 Million Fine, Sends Warning to Drone Equipment Manufacturers and Operators

In a reminder that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not the only agency with authority over unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a proposed $2.8 million forfeiture against HobbyKing for marketing certain radio transmitters for use with drones that operate outside their authorized spectrum bands, and at power levels beyond what the FCC has permitted. 

Cyber Reports Directed by the 2017 Executive Order on Cybersecurity Are Rolling In

The President’s May 11, 2017 Executive Order 13800, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” required a number of reports and assessments to be submitted by government agencies.  A year later, several key reports have been released in full or in summary form—many, like the Botnet Report, being churned out in May. 

Kicking the Smart Tires on IoT Legislation

On May 22, 2018, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection convened a hearing titled “Internet of Things Legislation.” The hearing enabled members of the Subcommittee to gather input from industry and consumer advocacy representatives on a discussion draft of the State of Modern Application, Research, and Trends of IoT Act (the “SMART IoT Act”).

DOT Selects Ten IPP Winners, Announces Two UAS Rulemakings Sent to OMB

In a big day for the UAS industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first round of winning participants in its highly-anticipated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).  DOT also announced that two rulemaking publications have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval: the long-awaited flights over people notice of proposed rulemaking and the FAA’s previously-announced advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on safe and secure UAS operations.

States Aggressively Pursue Data Privacy and Security Measures

In light of recent controversies, governments have sought aggressive new data privacy and security measures.  In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considers itself “the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer and one of the most active privacy and data security enforcers in the world.”  A number of other federal agencies also seek to regulate privacy, cybersecurity, and IoT

Does Xcel Energy’s Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations Break New Ground?

This article is co-authored by Sara Baxenberg and Josh Turner


News outlets are reporting this week that Xcel Energy has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations beyond visual line of sight of the operator.  Xcel CEO Ben Fowke explained to the press that Xcel will use the waiver “to conduct flights that will enhance grid reliability and safety for our employees and the public.”  The company has touted the waiver as “unprecedented” and “groundbreaking.”  But is this really uncharted territory for expanded UAS operations?